Michael Shindler’s Brilliant Tintype Portraits



Tintypes photographs are made by capturing direct-positive images on sheets of iron, which are then blackened by painting, lacquering or enameling. Photographer Michael Shindler, a practitioner of this vintage photographic process, has a tintype portrait studio set up on Valencia Street in San Francisco. The studio has seen about 3,500 people having their portraits taken by him.

Michael’s photographs have an interesting sense of randomness to them, mostly due to the fact that he has no choice in deciding his subjects, many of whom are curious visitors to his studio. He prepares each tintype by hand, and then makes single exposures of his subjects. The tintypes are processed immediately, and can be ready in 15 minutes to be given to the customers. The lush, high contrast photographs he shoots using this process are truly unique as they are no negatives involved, and only one physical copy of each individual image exists.

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Zach Welch’s Mixed Media Portraits


Check out a few wonderful mixed media artworks from the portfolio of Zach Welch, an 18 year old American artist.

Zach considers punk rock music as a major artistic influence, and combines realistic elements with abstract geometric ones to create a hybrid with a unique “punk edge” to it. He uses colored pencil, sharpies, watercolors, paint pens, collages, and spray paint to create his layered pieces.

You can buy prints and t-shirt of this young talent’s works at Bluecanvas and Forest Ink.


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Sergio Albiac’s Generative Art


Spanish artist Sergio Albiac uses cutting edge processes like generative sketching (illustrations generated by computer programs), combined with traditional art techniques to create his artworks. Albiac says that the portraits in his ‘Laws of attractor’ series were made by facial recognition software, which he programmed with “emotional response” capabilities. 

You can visit his official site to see more of his terrific artworks.

More images after the jump.


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